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Feather sprays!

My original table decor idea was to use peacock feathers throughout.  I am still using them, but I've also gone crazy with the paper flowers.

I saw in a craft store some pretty sprays with peacock feathers and colored ostrich feathers.  When I tried to reproduce them, though, it looked weird. But when I took the peacock feathers out, they looked wonderful.  Someone on facebook said "Looks like someone's been too Hooville" when I posted a picture, and they really do have a sort of Dr. Seuss quality to them.

Feather bouquet

So I started by making some crystal sprays.  I got the idea for those from this OBB tutorial.

Crystals. Drill. 26 gauge wire. Needle nose pliers.


Crystals. Drill. 26 gauge wire or 28 gauge wire. Hook as a bit.  Needle nose pliers.  The crystals and wire were from Michaels.  I found a few glass bead bracelets that also worked perfectly.  It felt like I had tons and tons.  I lost count of how many I made ultimately, but it felt like a lot.

Slide the wire into the drill hook, and then hold the other end with the needle nose pliers. Then twist the wire until it's taut.


So I cut about 2 feet of wire, and slid a crystal or two onto the wire.  Slide the wire into the drill hook, and then hold the other end with the needle nose pliers.  Make sure the crystal is in the hook by the drill.  Then twist the wire until it's taut.

Repeat 150 times!


Repeat 150 times.  The 26 gauge wire was less springy than the 28 inch wire, but it was slightly easier to work with.  I used most of these sprays for this project, but I pulled about 100 of them for my bouquet, which I think is going to be a combo of a few OBB elements.

Crystal sprays. Feathers. Floral tape. 20 gauge wire. Fairly straightforward and relatively inexpensive. I got everything at Michael's.


Step 2!  Feather flowers.  In this step, I used crystal sprays I had previously made, feathers (I think the pack was s$1.99), floral tape, 20 gauge wire (it was 20 inches and I cut it in half). Fairly straightforward and relatively inexpensive. I got everything at Michael's.

Grab one of the lengths of 20 gauge wire. Mine were about 10 inches long. Grab a few of the crystal sprays, and wrap them around the wire so the crystals are loose above the tip of the wire. I generally put three per flower.


Grab one of the lengths of 20 gauge wire. Mine were about 10 inches long. Grab a few of the crystal sprays, and wrap them around the wire so the crystals are loose above the tip of the wire. I generally put three per flower, and I generally gave about five to ten inches of spray.  I made sure that they weren't even, and I made sure that they weren't naturally going to fall on any one particular side of the wire.

Where the crystal spray meets the 20 gauge wire, pinch a few feathers so the wire is covered on all sides.


Where the crystal spray meets the 20 gauge wire, pinch a few feathers so the wire is covered on all sides.  Some feathers were easier to work with than others.  In this particular pack, a bunch of them were broken, and it was hard to find a part of the shaft that was easy to hold on to.

Starting at the top, wrap the floral tape down the wire, encasing the tips of the feathers and the wires for the crystal sprays.


Starting at the top, wrap the floral tape down the wire, encasing the tips of the feathers and the wires for the crystal sprays.


And a piece is made. Takes maybe 30 seconds tops to make. Three episodes of the X-Files on DVD made about 46 of them.


And a piece is made. Takes maybe 30 seconds tops to make. Three episodes of the X-Files on DVD made about 46 of them, including the crystal sprays, which was the most time consuming part of this project.  But it's also pretty mindless, so it's very easy to do this and hold conversations, watch TV, discuss life with your dog...

The hardest part were the crystal sprays. They were time consuming. I used two different gauges of wire for them 28 and 24. The 28 are springier, but the 24s are easier to work with.

Ta da!! I'll probably pull two or three of them, and put them in with the circle flowers in glass vases for parts of my centerpieces.